Vintage Literature Wedding Decor Tutorials

If you haven’t read it yet, in our current issue of Vintage Bride magazine (Issue 9) we have a fabulous article by The Vintage Binding Co which shares some great DIY ideas for those who are keen to include their love of vintage books & literature in their wedding decor.

This post is designed to complement the article within our magazine, so be sure to get your hands on a copy to read the original article, and the DIY instructions for some of the elements featured in their article can be found below so you can all get crafty!

Table names & decorations

Another really easy way to show your guests your love of literature is to choose names of your favourite characters or books as your table names instead of numbers.  You can even add your favourite quote from this book underneath too to give them a sense of why you love it! If you are having a more intimate wedding with a smaller amount of guests, you could type out quotes for each person – mounted on book pages or maps too.

The Vintage Binding Co - Place Names Table Decorations Tutorial

You will need:

  • Black pen (Calligraphy or fine liner)
  • Typewriter (optional)
  • Quotes from your favourite books
  • Card
  • PVA Glue
  • Cutting mat & scalpel or guillotine

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Using old book pages for place names

This is similar to the above idea, but you are creating the place names for your guest’s individual seating!

The Vintage Binding Co - Place Names Tutorial

You will need:

  • Book pages
  • PVA Glue
  • Card
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat or guillotine
  • Calligraphy pen/ fine liner OR
  • Letter stamps
  • Ink

The Vintage Binding Co - Place Names Tutorial

Instructions:

  • Write out or type out your guest’s name. *top tip – if you are writing it out, always use pencil first so you can get the spacing and sizing correct!*
  • For place names, cut and mount them onto old book pages. *top tip – try and use thick book pages as this will help them stand up better*
  • Fold the card in half so that it will stand up by itself.

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Confetti

This is a really subtle lovely touch that again you can use to make the most of the books. All you need is a paper cutter, a little patience and some time! (and possible some willing bridesmaids!) You can sprinkle these on the tables for décor, or mix them with other confetti to have thrown over you as you exit the ceremony.

The Vintage Binding Co - Confetti Tutorial

You will need:

  • Paper cutter Book pages
  • Packets (optional)

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Paper Roses

These are a bit more complex and will take a crafty hand to achieve, but they are a beautiful, unique and personal alternative to real roses! You can use them as table decorations, to mix with real flowers for your bouquet or if you’re super crafty you can make bouquets for all your bridesmaid and buttonholes for your groomsmen. For an extra personal touch you can choose books to use that represent the person who will be wearing it!

What you’ll need:

  • Book pages
  • Guillotine
  • Glue gun & hot glue
  • Pencil
  • Tooth pick
  • Twine with wire inside / florist wire (for the stem)
  • Ribbon for wrapping the stems (optional)

The Vintage Binding Co - Paper Roses Tutorial

Instructions:

  • Your pieces of book page need to be in a perfect square, here I have used 3.5 inch x 3.5 inch.
  • Once you have three of these, fold them in half, corner to corner.
  • Then, fold them again so you have a smaller triangle.
  • Turn the triangles so the top point is facing downwards, and draw a semi circle over the tip. Draw a petal shape above this. Repeat the same size design on both of the other triangles and cut along those lines.
  • When you unfold the triangle, you will end up with three flower shapes with holes in the middle.
  • From your first flower, cut one petal section, from the second flower cut two sections and from the third flower cut three sections. Put these to one side!
  • Using the glue gun, take the first flower and glue it so both ends join. Do the same with the other two flowers. These should fit inside each other.
  • Take the tooth pick and roll the petals gently so that they curl under. Repeat for the sections that were cut out of the flowers too.
  • Glue the flowers inside each other, and the individual, curled petals also.
  • Repeat for all three pieces of square paper until you have three roses.
  • To create the stem, you need to take your florist’s wire and poke it through the bottom of the rose.
  • Using the glue gun, secure this here.
  • Take your coloured string and wrap it around the stem until it’s covered. Here I’ve used three different colours but you can use whatever you like, ribbon also works well.
  • Secure the string at the end by tying it around itself in a double knot, and add a tab of hot glue to make sure it doesn’t come off the end.
  • If you are having the flowers together, use a twine with wire inside to wrap around. This gives them extra support and also helps them stand up straight.

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Book page Bunting

This is a great, fairly quick way to create décor for the room as whole. Using book pages you can create square or triangle bunting from the spare pages you’ve used. You can use literature pages, illustrations pages or even maps to illustrate where you’ve been on your travels (or where you’re going on your honeymoon!)

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

What you’ll need:

  • Book pages
  • Guillotine
  • Sewing machine
  • Cotton Tape Trim

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

Instructions:

  • First of all, trim the rough edges of the pages so that both sides are straight and clean. *top tip: You can trim the edges of several book pages at once to save time*
  • Mark the centre point using a ruler.
  • Guillotine diagonally from the top corner to the mid point line, creating a diagonal
  • Repeat for the other side, created an isosceles triangle.
  • Do this for all of your pages (I use 10 flags on a 3m tape).
  • Create a loop at the end of your tap; this is for hanging.
  • Then lay out and pin the flags onto the trim, measuring equal distance between them all.
  • Using a sewing machine, and long running stitch, sew the flags to the tape. Do this both at the top of the bunting, and the bottom for secure flags.
  • Sew a running stitch on the loop at either end to secure.

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial

The Vintage Binding Co - Bookpage Bunting Tutorial